After several days without data an email tonight was most welcome. It showed UV had crossed from Mauritania into Senegal late this afternoon.
At the last fix, 16.15 UTC, UV was flying over an area he knows well between the Senegal and Lampsar rivers. He was under 50 km from his favourite roost inland from the Langue de Barbarie National Park.
On 7 October UV flew only 172 km in light winds. He utilised the energy efficient ‘soar and glide’ technique often that day. Since his roost on 7 October he had flown 1267 km by the last fix.
On 8 October UV was about 20 km from his 2014 route just before the point it veered west for the Bay of Cintra. Easterly winds would have influenced UV’s course in 2014. This year UV knew his destination. As stated in the last post, if he had travelled to Cintra this year it was by design. Stopovers are often used again – as was the case in SW Portugal – but UV ‘cut the corner’ and travelled onwards to Senegal.
There’ll be more tomorrow on the last few days when we’ve had time to analyse the wealth of data.